If you've been out for a drive after dark in the last few evenings, you'll have noticed that holiday decorations have hit your neighbors yards with a vengeance! Blinking lights, glowing reindeer and Santas, candles in windows...the list goes on! If you're feeling the need for a little holiday inspiration, or you're considering the creation for some new traditions this year, you've got to know that I've got a book (or three) to help you out.
...considering a more eco-friendly holiday this year, try I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas, by Anna Getty. Regardless of what holidays you celebrate, Getty has some great ideas for decorating your home inside and out, making and wrapping gifts, and even entertaining for less money and with less waste. Really, who couldn't use a thrifty idea or two this season?
...stumped about what to serve your guests at a holiday party, take a look at Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden. Award-winning chef Ogden pulls together classics new and old for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, giving tips for organizing and preparing to feed festive crowds. Take out the guesswork, spend less time in the kitchen, and more time around the table with family this year. Or, if you're looking to make some memories with the kids in the kitchen this year, grab Holiday Crafting and Baking with Kids by Jessica Strand. Help the kids make gifts for their friends, babysitters or teachers with easy recipes and craft ideas.
We all wish for a chance to slow down a bit and enjoy the holidays, so take a little inspiration where you can! Have a favorite holiday memory or tradition? Share it in the comments!